Congressman John Shimkus of the local 15th Congressional District has announced his 17 nominations to the military service academies. The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy. Shimkus’ 17 nominees are from 12 counties within his district, including effingham, Lawrence, and Richland. Ashton Haythorne of Effingham (seen above with Congressman Shimkus) has been nominated for the United States Air Force Academy. Matthew Funneman of Teutopolis was nominated by Shimkus for the United States Naval Academy.
“The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the uniqueness of attending a military school,” Shimkus said. “As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.”
The four military academies that require congressional nominations are the: United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York; United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colorado; United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, New York.
High school juniors, college students, or current members of the military who are residents of the 15th District and wish to attend an academy beginning in 2017 can request a nomination packet by writing Congressman John Shimkus, 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville, IL 62062. Those packets with complete requirements will be sent out in late summer.
“Potential nominees complete applications with both my office and online with each individual academy they wish to pursue,” Shimkus added. “I again offer my congratulations to these outstanding students.”